Last Will and Testament of James Hendon, deceased
Feb. 17, 1791

Please note: DNA test have recently disproved the notion that this James Hendon was the son of Josias Hendon (The Elder).  

In the name of God Amen. I, James Hendon of the County of Wake in the State of North Carolina, being weak in Body but of sound and Perfect Mind and Memory praise be therefore given to Almighty God, Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and from following that is to say, first and principally I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it hoping through the Merits and Meditation of my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ to obtain full and free pardons for all my sins and to inherit everlasting life and my body I committ to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named. And as touching what Temporal Estate as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me, I give and dispose of in manner and form following. First I will and ordain that all my Just Debts and funeral Expenses be paid and discharged ITEM, I lend unto my beloved wife Hannah during the time of her natural life all my Estate, Real and Personal, of what kind or property soever. ITEM, I give and bequeath unto my Loving Son Isham Hendon at his Mother’s decease, One Negro Boy named Titus and another named Will, One young horse named Sailor, my saddle and bridle, all my wearing apparel, to him his heirs and assignees forever. ITEM, I give and bequeath unto my son Elijah Hendon after the decease of his mother, One tract of land and Plantation on which I now live, containing five hundred and twenty five acres, one negro woman named Hester and one negro girl named Cilla. Reserving the first Negro Girl Child that the said Cilla shall bear and live, I give unto my grandson James Hendon, son of said Elijah Hendon, to him his heirs and assignees forever. ITEM. I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Olive, one negro girl named Philis to her, her heirs and assignees forever. ITEM. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Nutt after her mother’s decease, one Negro Boy named Tim to her, her heirs and assignees forever. ITEM, I hereby request and ordain that in case my son Elijah shall sell or dispose of the bequeathed land aforesaid in that case he shall pay unto his brother Isham twenty five pounds currency of said State. ITEM , all the rest and residue of my Estate not before given or Bequeathed I give and bequeath unto my Loving Son Elijah Hendon, to him, his heirs and his assignees forever. And I hereby appoint my said Son Elijah Hendon and my Loving Brother Isham Hendon Executors to this my Last Will and Testament, and I do hereby revoke and disannul all former Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made; In Writing whereof I have here unto set my hand and Seal, and Acknowledged my last Will and Testament this Seventeenth day of February One Thousand and Seven Hundred and ninty one~

                                                            James     X     Hendon           (SEAL)
Signed, Sealed and
Acknowledged in the
Presence of _____

Wm Hornsby

Abraham   A.   Jordan    (Jurat)

William Hutchins  (Jurat)
Wake County                                                                      March Term 1792

                             The written Will was duly proved in open Court by the oaths of  Abraham Jordan and William Hutchins  
                                                             Witnesses thereto, and ordered to be Recorded

                                                                                                           H. Lane C.C.

Recorded in the Clerks Office in the County of Wake, in Book C, and page (201). The 26th day of May 1792.
                                                                                                           H. Lane  C.C.

Feb. 6th                Inventory of the Estate of James Hendon

One Negro Wench named Easter
One Negro Girl named Siller
One Negro Boy named Titus
One Negro Girl named Phillis
One Negro Boy named Will
One Negro Boy named Tim
One Negro Girl named Fanny
Four head of horses
Twelve head of cattle
Eighteen head of hogs
Nine head of Gees
Two feather beds and furniture
Three bedsteads
One Trunk
One Chest
Two Spinner wheels
One Woollen Wheel
One Table
Five Chairs
One saddle and four bridles
One Woman’s saddle
Four Bells
A parcell of earthen ware
Three bottles
Three glasses
One looking glass
Five pewter dishes
Three dishes
Nine plates
Eight spoons
Three pair of cards
Two books
Ten knives
Twelve forks
One Box Iron Heater
One candlestick
Two Iron pots
One Iron Tea Kettle
One frying pan
A parcell  of cooper’s ware
Two asses (?)
Two plow hoes
Two grubing hoes
Five weeding hoes
One Drawing knife
One auger
One sickle
One Iron wedge
One hammer
One gorge (?)
One Cart
Two Plow Frames
One flax Brake
A parcell of Flax, Cotton
A parcell of corn, and fodder
A parcell of Meat
Two Hackels (?)
Two collers and hames (?)
Cash in hand
One French Gown
One brush and curry comb
One cow hide
And other little utencils too tedious to mention
Wearing apparel and
Two Calves_________
                                                          Elijah Hendon (signed)
                                                                                                 ~~ Executors
                                                      Isham      H      Hendon